No reduction in neutral variability of mitochondrial and nuclear genes for a Lessepsian migrant, Upeneus moluccensis

Authors

  • M. Hassan,

    1. Génome, Populations, Interactions, Adaptation, Université Montpellier II- IFREMER-CNRS UMR 5171, SMEL, 1, Quai de la daurade, 34200 Sète, France
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      Present address: Université Tichrine, Faculté d’Agronomie, Lattaquié, Syria.

  • F. Bonhomme

    Corresponding author
    1. Génome, Populations, Interactions, Adaptation, Université Montpellier II- IFREMER-CNRS UMR 5171, SMEL, 1, Quai de la daurade, 34200 Sète, France
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Abstract

Using nuclear (introns) and mitochondrial markers, two populations of the Lessepsian fish Upeneus moluccensis sampled from its original (Red Sea) and new habitat (Mediterranean Sea) were compared. No significant genetic difference was observed hence the passage through the Suez Canal does not seem to have affected the genetic diversity at the presumably neutral loci studied.

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